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Prince Edward Island

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  • All Ashore: Prince Edward Island offers a bounty of food experiences that will have you salivating
  • All Ashore: Prince Edward Island offers a bounty of food experiences that will have you salivating
  • Active Adventure: Use Charlottetown as your base to be close to restaurants, attractions and cultural sites
  • Active Adventure: Use Charlottetown as your base to be close to restaurants, attractions and cultural sites
  • Active Adventure: Use Charlottetown as your base to be close to restaurants, attractions and cultural sites
 

TELL SOMEONE YOU HAVE JUST BEEN TO PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND AND THEIR first association will likely be Anne of Green Gables. But the Island is about more than just a red-headed teenager’s home in Cavendish, lighthouses dotting the white-capped shoreline or its legendary red soil. In recent years, it’s made the push towards becoming a true culinary hotspot. With a variety of unforgettable attractions like its bounty of oysters and lobster and unique experiences like digging up clams or climbing aboard to assist local fi sherman, it’s grown from a family vacation destination to a desirable locale that offers as much for the grownups as for the kiddies. Charlottetown makes a great central hub to call home, and it’s a breeze to plan day trips around, thanks to the growth of its many exploration trails that make travelling a breeze. This cultural, culinary and creative centre of the Island is host to cozy hotels, historic attractions and nighttime entertainment. Even the most seasoned travellers will relish in the laid-back atmosphere of the East Coast while exploring all the region has to offer. Welcome to the new Prince Edward Island. AMANDA ALLISON

Where to Stay:
To be near it all, staying downtown Charlottetown is key. Though there are many options, from local bed and breakfasts to traditional motels, the Delta Prince Edward is a popular choice. A waterfront resort, the Delta is a 41/2-star hotel with a restaurant, spa and indoor pool that’s walking distance to shops and entertainment. Or stay in the city’s newest hotel in 25 years, the Holman Grand and enjoy a historic location with urban comforts. Be sure to visit their Redwater Rustic Grille and enjoy a glass of wine from their award-winning list while people-watching out the windows to bustling Grafton Street.

What to See:
Charlottetown is known as the birthplace of Canada and has several historic sites in the downtown core. It’s worth spending half a day wandering around Founder’s Hall and Province House National Historic Sight to get a taste of this rich history. Victoria Row is also within walking distance, a pedestrian-only block filled with open-air restaurants, shops and, occasionally, street performers. Take the Points East Coastal Drive to view beautiful beaches or the Confederation Trail, and along the way, stop at a few small, yet noteworthy, wineries and distilleries. Rossignol Winery offers both table and fruit wines and various liqueurs, while Prince Edward Distillery and Myriad View Artisan Distillery both craft Island spirits like potato vodka and moonshine.

Where to Eat:
You can’t really go wrong with Island seafood, but there are a few local favourites that are must-tries. The Gahan House is a pub and the Island’s only brewery. Pair their brown-bag fish and chips with a beer sampler for a delicious treat. Oysters at Fishbones Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar or the Claddagh Oyster House are a true showcase of the Island’s ocean bounty. For casual fine dining, visit Mavor’s Bistro and Bar in the Confederation Centre of the Arts for creative cuisine and a remarkable wine list. And if you time your visit right, a trip to the annual International Shellfish Festival during the Fall Flavours Festival will find you amazingly well fed, whether from its Food Pavilion or four-course dinner presented by the Culinary Institute of Canada.

Links:
deltahotels.com
theholmangrand.com
tourismcharlottetown.ca
rossignolwinery.com
princeedwarddistillery.com
straightshine.com
gahanbeer.com
fishbonesoysterbar.ca
claddaghoysterhouse.com
confederationcentre.com
peishellfish.com
fallflavours.ca



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